New Delhi: Double tons have become a regular phenomenon in ODI cricket as this time it was New Zealand's Martin Guptill who defined supremacy in Wellington in an intense semi-final clash on Saturday against the West Indies in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2015.
Guptill stood tall and single handedly blew the West Indies after scoring a brilliant unbeaten 237 runs. His effortless innings was studded with 24 fours and 11 sixes.
This was the second double hundred in the World Cup after Chris Gayle had earlier slammed 215 against Zimbabwe in the Group Stage. In a day of joy for the Black Caps, Guptill became the highest ever World Cup scorer overtaking Gayle.
Runs have come aplenty in the 2015 World Cup and this was a highlight of another stupendous effort by New Zealand who posted a huge total of 393 runs. West Indies lost wickets at regular intervals despite having a healthy run-rate to be finally bowled out for 250 runs.
This was Guptill's second ton in the World Cup and he rode his luck to come out on top to defy the West Indian side led by Jason Holder.
Guptill was awarded the man-of-the-match award.
— ICC Cricket WorldCup (@ICC_CWC_15) March 21, 2015
Double tons in ODIs are increasing day by day as Guptill joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma and Chris Gayle. Former cricketers VVS Laxman and Sanjay Manjerekar lauded Guptill for his tremendous innings under pressure. They expressed their views on social micro-blogging site, Twitter.
One more 200 in ODI:)What a knock from @Martyguptill Playing all the 50 overs under pressure in the manner he did was a remarkable effort.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 21, 2015
Absolutely clean hitting from Martin Guptill. Some shots quite breathtaking in front of a great crowd in Wellington.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 21, 2015
New Zealand are in a patch of a very good form and this was their seventh successive victory in the World Cup. The win sees them book a semi-final date against South Africa.